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Complainant Name:
Mr Keith Crowther

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Journal (Newcastle)


Mr Keith Crowther complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the publication of an article which had, in his view, breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article had reported on planned improvement works to Durham Market Place, and the complainant - who was cited as the chairman of Durham City Chamber of Trade - was quoted as having stated that he was ‘delighted that common sense [had] eventually prevailed. It's a shame it's taken so long'. According to the complainant, he was not the chairman of the Durham City Chamber of Trade, and had not been asked for his comments on the revamp of the market place. The quote in the article, according to the complainant, was a total fabrication.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology:

In a report in The Journal on August 25, 2012 in an article headlined 'Revamp to Durham market place to be revamped' we published a quote that was wrongly attributed to Mr Keith Crowther. This was a mistake and we would like to apologise to Mr Keith Crowther for any embarrassment caused. We would also like to make it clear that Mr Crowther is no longer chairman of Durham City Chamber of Trade.

Date Published: 17/10/2012

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